Saturday, August 25, 2012

Barry McGee Opening Reception

Barry McGee, 08.23.2012 Barry McGee installation at the Berkeley Art Museum.Early Thursday evening I accompanied a friend to the Berkeley Art Museum for the opening reception of an exhibit by Bay Area artist Barry McGee. The show occupies the courtyard-like lower level of the museum & contains large installations, drawings, photos, graphics & videos. It also includes signs & objects that are presumed to be scavenged or stolen. I did not get a chance to look at the art closely, but this seems to be a graphic design show with a lot of window dressing. Mr. McGee's career as a graffiti artist is represented by life-size animatronic figures with moving arms that wield spray paint cans. There's even a disembodied arm emerging from the leaves of a tree to spray paint the side of a building. It's a bit like Disneyland.

Barry McGee, 08.23.2012 Opening reception for Barry McGee show at the Berkeley Art Museum.The event was well attended, & there were many young people in the crowd. Museum members received a drink ticket & a spiral-bound sketch book designed by Mr. McGee. There was a cheese table, but it was already decimated by the time we got there.

§ Barry McGee
Berkeley Art Museum
August 24, 2012 - December 9, 2012

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